Growing up, it was frowned upon to eat peanut butter cups for breakfast. Naturally, we just hid a bunch in our backpacks until we got to school and went ham on them once we were in the clear.
Now you totally can have it for breakfast, despite my mother’s protests. In fact, Denny’s is actually gonna nurture our childhood shenanigans with some sweet new pancakes.
Denny’s has announced the addition of a completely new $4 menu that features a few imaginative stacks of pancakes. The new $4 menu features Super Blackberry Pancakes, Banana Berry Pancakes, Sticky Bun Pancakes, and Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes.
Let that soak in for a second.
The new pancake menu will be available now through March 20 at all participating Denny’s locations nationwide. Denny’s colorful stacks will be joining their $4 Everyday Value Slam and Biscuits and Gravy.
Food always seems to bring people together in wonderful ways, whether they be via tasty recipe exchanges, choice dining recommendations, or helpful cooking tips—the global food community grows every single day! One of the latest and greatest additions to this community is the TODAY Food Club (TFC), an online network on TODAY.com that unites the TODAY family, chefs, and home cooks everywhere by sharing creative meal ideas and plans, recipes, “hacks,” and beyond, all for the sake of great eating.
To celebrate the launch, they’ve posed two open challenges for members—and you know Foodbeast loves a good challenge. That’s why our very own Foodbeast Chef Ashley “Guzie” Guzman has taken her mother’s recipe for sticky buns and added her own personal touch for TFC’s Family Favorites challenge.
Growing up, Guzie’s family would enjoy sweet and sticky cinnamon rolls every year around the holidays like Thanksgiving. Now as a pastry chef, she was inspired to combine the family favorite with flavors of pumpkin purée and glorious, brown sugar-coated bacon bits to create amazingly delicious Pumpkin And Candied Bacon Sticky Buns! You bet she’s made her mama proud. See the recipe below.
2) Slice pumpkin in half. Remove seeds and pulp and reserve for another use. Coat inside and outside of pumpkin lightly with vegetable oil. Place pumpkin halves on sheet tray, with the hollow sides face-down. Oven bake in 15-minute increments, rotating pan at each interval. When pumpkin can easily be pierced with a fork, remove and let cool.
3) While pumpkin is cooling, line bacon on a sheet tray and sprinkle brown sugar evenly on each slice. Bake in oven until bacon is crispy and sugar has caramelized.
4) Remove bacon from oven, reserve fat drippings, and set aside. Allow bacon to cool. Once bacon has cooled, chop into bite-size pieces (about 1cm wide).
5) Once pumpkin is cool to touch, use a spoon to scoop the flesh away from the outer skin. Season with pumpkin spices and purée in a food processor. To loosen the flesh, add milk to the purée ¼ cup at a time until it is loose enough to move within the food processor, but still thick enough to hold shape.
6) Release cinnamon roll dough from its can and roll out onto a clean surface.
7) Using a spoon or offset spatula, spread pumpkin purée evenly onto the dough.
8) Sprinkle a portion of the candied bacon on top of the pumpkin purée, but make sure to reserve enough to top the finished rolls.
9) Re-roll the cinnamon dough to make the buns, and line them up side by side in a baking dish. Bake as directed in the packaging instructions.
10) While sticky buns are baking, whisk together the powdered sugar and enough milk in a bowl to make a thick paste, which will be a frosting to top the sticky buns. Add enough bacon fat to make the mixture the texture of glue and whisk until shiny and smooth. Reserve.
11) Once buns are finished baking, remove from oven and cover with the bacon frosting mixture while they are still warm. Top with reserved bacon pieces.
12) Allow to cool. When ready to serve, warm in oven or microwave and enjoy!